Perseid meteor shower is the pre-show to the eclipse

  • Perseid meteor shower is the pre-show to the eclipse

Perseid meteor shower is the pre-show to the eclipse

You have plenty of time to see the Perseids Meteor Shower as it will take place on Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13. But for this year, the event will coincide with a particularly bright moon that could illuminate the sky.

Henderson said the meteor shower should peak from Friday night into Saturday morning.

The moon was full on August 7 and will have waned to approximately 80 percent illumination by Saturday. Yet, that bright moon will cause rates to be around half of what they normally are, 40 to 50 per hour, because the light will block out the view of the fainter ones. When the Earth passes through that trail, every August, that debris enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up creating the comets and putting on a show.

That's because the radiant, which is the point in the sky where the meteors originate from, rises in the northeast around midnight.

The ideal way to watch the shower, according to Nasa, is to "go outside between midnight and dawn" on August 12. First, the meteor shower's peak occurs during the day on Saturday, which obviously favors the other side of the world since it'll be during their nighttime. Get to higher ground so you can see more of the sky, increasing your chances for watching as many fiery meteors as possible fly by.

Here's everything you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower, which is set to peak tomorrow. The longer you give your eyes to adjust to the darkness (30 minutes is ideal), the better your viewing experience will be. Several sources include the added imperative that, regardless of your age, it is probably the last chance to see anything that even comes close, meteor-wise. Just imagine, 24 hours of daylight on August 12, which will also see a remarkable celestial event of Perseid Meteor Shower 2017.

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky. "At best, they outburst from a normal rate of 80 to 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", not all of which can be seen. Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest auto is capable of travelling.